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Shining the light

SUGAR CREEK TWP. —”The sun shined brightly inside the hearts and minds of roughly 100 people who came together at The Wilderness Center on Saturday. ‘It’s an opportunity for the solar community to talk and discuss the basics and … delve a little deeper on some subjects,’ explained Luke Sulfridge, Ohio […]

Ohio’s solar energy industry spawns new research
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Ohio’s solar energy industry spawns new research

BOWLING GREEN — As Ohio’s commitment to solar energy continues to grow, a new era of research is starting to emerge for this state — one that seeks better use of land and airspace in and around massive solar panel arrays. Following the lead of similar projects in Minnesota, the […]

After rising for 100 years, electricity demand is flat.
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After rising for 100 years, electricity demand is flat.

Utilities are freaking out. KNOXVILLE, TN — “The US electricity sector is in a period of unprecedented change and turmoil. Renewable energy prices are falling like crazy. Natural gas production continues its extraordinary surge. Coal, the golden child of the current administration, is headed down the tubes. In all that bedlam, it’s easy to […]

Mark Goodwin is CEO of Apex Clean Energy, which develops, constructs, and operates utility-scale wind and solar power facilities across North America.
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Ohio’s hostility to renewable energy makes the state less attractive

COLUMBUS — “The disconnect for Columbus begins in the Statehouse it hosts. Beholden to a powerful few, the legislature is still struggling to overturn the narrow 2014 mandate setting a minimum setback distance for wind turbines of 1,125 feet from adjacent properties, more than double the prior standard. This struggle […]

Downtown Cleveland . Photo by Jon Dawson / Creative Commons
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Cleveland sees clean energy as tool for climate change resiliency

CLEVELAND — “Mitigation efforts can still avoid some of the worst impacts of climate change. But with the reality that some impacts are now inevitable, the focus on resilience is growing here and elsewhere. Cleveland’s risks might not seem as dramatic as the sea level rise that threatens New York or the wildfires that […]

Utility CEO: new renewables will be cheaper than existing coal plants by the early 2020s
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Utility CEO: new renewables will be cheaper than existing coal plants by the early 2020s

Energy execs sound more like wild-eyed hippies every day WASHINGTON, DC — “It is difficult to exaggerate just what a sea change has taken place in the discussion of renewable energy in recent years. Oldsters like me remember when the idea that (unsubsidized) renewable energy would be able to compete […]

Cheap renewables keep pushing fossil fuels further away from profitability – despite Trump’s efforts
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Cheap renewables keep pushing fossil fuels further away from profitability – despite Trump’s efforts

NEW YORK, NY — “Rapid cost declines made renewable energy the United States’ cheapest available source of new electricity, without subsidies, in 2017. In many parts of the U.S., building new wind is cheaper than running existing coal, while nuclear and natural gas aren’t far behind. As renewable energy costs continue their relentless decline, they […]

Clean Energy soared in the U.S. in 2017 due to economics, policy and technology
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Clean Energy soared in the U.S. in 2017 due to economics, policy and technology

President Trump rolled out the antiquated arguments about why clean energy was too expensive and a threat to the grid. But markets and policies mostly ignored him. WASHINGTON, DC — “As President Donald Trump moved to roll back environmental protections and foster a boom in fossil fuel energy production, his administration effectively abandoned […]

Denver-based SunShare switched on projects in Montrose and Waverly, Minn., pictured, in the past two weeks. Both serve residential customers (credit: SunShare).
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Minnesota’s solar garden program takes off in 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — “Minnesota’s Community Solar Garden program, once mired in delays, has grown sixfold in 2017, adding enough electricity to power about 32,000 homes. The state-mandated solar garden program, which covers Xcel Energy’s Minnesota territory, has 58 projects online, up from about 10 a year ago. Those solar gardens […]